Recent News

October 21, 2014: Dr. Bryant’s symposium proposal, “Genomic and neurobiological studies of RNA binding proteins in complex traits relevant to psychiatric disorders”, has been accepted for the 2015 Winter Conference on Brain Research in Big Sky, MA, to be held January 24-29.

July 25, 2014: Lisa Goldberg, Senior Graduate Student and Ph.D. Candidate in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics, was accepted into the Short Course on the Genetics of Addiction at The Jackson Laboratory (http://courses.jax.org/2014/addiction.html) and was awarded a $1200 scholarship to attend the course by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

June 20, 2014: Neema Yazdani, Graduate Student and Ph.D. Candidate in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics, was accepted into the Short Course on the Genetics of Addiction at The Jackson Laboratory (http://courses.jax.org/2014/addiction.html). Neema is currently a trainee in the Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS; http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/ttpas/). TTPAS has generously agreed to provide funding for Neema to attend the course.

May 27, 2014: Dr. Bryant was awarded an R03 from NIDA, “Mapping G x E Interactions for Addiction Traits in a Reduced Complexity Cross”. The goal is to use closely related substrains of C57BL/6 mice to map gene by environment interactions in opioid reward, tolerance, and dependence caused by social drug cues of the cage mates. The findings gleaned from these studies will aid in understanding how the social context of the drug environment can potentially interact with one’s genome to influence behavioral traits that comprise addiction.

May 10-14, 2014: Members of the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics, including Dr. Bryant, Lisa Goldberg, Neema Yazdani, and Stacey Kirkpatrick attended the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society meeting in Chicago, IL. Members of the lab presented posters on their research and Dr. Bryant chaired a symposium, “Behavioral, neural, and genetic studies of compulsive eating in model organisms and humans” and presented the Young Scientist Lecture, “Genes, brain and addiction Traits: Moving from discovery toward validation and mechanism.”

April 28, 2014: Dr. Bryant gave a lecture at the Center for Studies of Addiction at University of Pennsylvania titled, “Mouse genomics and the neurobiology of substance abuse behavior: From drugs to food.

April 18, 2014: Dr. Bryant gave a lecture in the Department of Psychology Seminar at Middlebury College titled, “From drugs to food: Genetic approaches to the neurobiology of substance abuse in mice.”

March 31, 2014: Olga Lacki, undergraduate researcher (Neuroscience major, minor in Visual Arts), was awarded a competitive UROP summer scholarship for undergraduate research. Olga’s project is focused on identifying differences in psychostimulant and opioid-induced changes in cell signaling in the striatum as a consequence of inheriting a null mutation in casein kinase 1-epsilon (Csnk1e).

January 25-30: Dr. Bryant attended the 47th Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research at Steamboat Springs, CO. He gave a talk in the “CK1 and brain function” symposium titled, “A role for casein kinase 1-epsilon in the motivational properties of drugs of abuse.”

January 11, 2014: Dr. Bryant’s symposium proposal for the 2014 IBANGS Meeting in Chicago, IL has been accepted as one of six symposia scheduled for this year’s meeting. The title of the symposium that Dr. Bryant will chair is, “Behavioral, neural and genetic studies of compulsive eating in model organisms and humans.”

January 7, 2014: Alexis Washburn, a freshman undergraduate researcher in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics, won a competitive Undegraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grant Award at Boston University for the Spring 2014 semester. This award includes both a stipend and money to help cover research costs. Alexis will have the opportunity to present her research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the fall. Alexis’s project involves using QTL mapping to identify novel genetic factors influencing compulsive eating in mice and has relevance toward understanding the genetic and biological mechanisms of eating disorders in humans. The long-term goal is to develop new avenues for prevention and treatment of these highly lethal, neuropsychiatric disorders.

December 17, 2013: Dr. Bryant has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 IBANGS Young Scientist Award. The Young Scientist Award honors a scientist who is 7 or fewer years post first faculty or faculty-equivalent appointment, and whose area of research is in behavioural and neural genetics. Key considerations are the scientific importance of research discoveries, record of achievement and future scientific plans and projected impact on the field.

November 16, 2013: A manuscript co-authored by Dr. Bryant has been accepted in the journal, Sleep, titled “The circadian clock gene Csnk1e regulates REM sleep and NREM sleep architecture in mice.”

October 18, 2013: Dr. Bryant’s presentation abstract was selected for a Travel Fellowship for the 2014 Winter Conference on Brain Research to be held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

October 16, 2013: Dr. Bryant has been invited to speak at the 47th Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) in Steamboat Springs, CO. He will be speaking in a symposium on CK1 and brain function. The title of his talk is, “A role for casein kinase 1-epsilon in the motivational properties of drugs of abuse.” He will be discussing Lisa Goldberg’s recent work regarding drug reward and dopaminergic signaling in CK1E knockout mice.

September 4, 2013. Dr. Bryant’s poster abstract, “A 0.23 Mb region regulates methamphetamine sensitivity in mice”, was selected among several hundred abstracts for a short oral presentation at the 2013 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG) held here in Boston. He will be speaking this Friday, October 18 during the afternoon poster talk workshop session (12:00-2:15 p.m.).

August 28, 2013: Neema Yazdani, M.S., second-year Ph.D. Student in Biomolecular Pharmacology in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics, has been accepted into the Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science, supported by the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund and co-chaired by by Drs. Lindsay Farrer and Tim Heeren. For more information on this exciting multi-disciplinary training program in addiction see here (http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/ttpas/)

August 1, 2013: Neema Yazdani, M.S., second-year Ph.D. Student in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has joined the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics. Neema is using designer endonucleases to target novel candidate genes for methamphetamine-induced behavioral addiction traits and will be defining the cellular and molecular mechanisms of action that mediate genetic variation on behavior.

March 8, 2013:  Dr. Bryant won the Outstanding Junior Faculty Travel Award for the 2013 International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) in Leuven, Belgium.  Dr. Bryant’s abstract was selected for an invited talk that he will present during the Awardee session on May 21.  In addition, Dr. Bryant will be provided with a stipend to cover his travel expenses.

December 3, 2012:  Dr. Bryant presented his poster at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) meeting, “A 0.23 Mb region on mouse chromosome 11 contains three possible genes influencing methamphetamine sensitivity” in Hollywood, FL.  Please click here for a link to his poster.

November 30, 2012:  Lisa Goldberg, a second year graduate student in Biomolecular Pharmacology and the Program in Biomedical Neuroscience has joined the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics.  Welcome aboard, Lisa!

November 12, 2012:  Dr. Bryant’s manuscript, “Bryant et al., in press” was accepted in Addiction Biology.